Federal prosecutors have pursued a spate of cases involving passport fraud in recent months, the U.S. Attorney for Utah announced on Friday.
Foreign nationals provide false information on passport applications a practice that poses a terrorism threat, said U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen.
"Many of these cases involve individuals attempting to obtain a passport using fraudulent documents or assuming the identity of another person. While some individuals attempt to obtain a passport as a means of employment identification in the United States, many of these individuals have criminal records, have been deported from the country on previous occasions and pose a threat to the security of our communities," Christensen said. "As part of our efforts to disrupt and deter terrorism, we must take these cases seriously."